Seven Secrets of Seduction

Want to make your Valentine's Day really cook? Focus on the real way to most men's hearts: their stomachs. Treating your lover to a fabulous meal takes some effort, but the rewards are well worth it. And all you really need to do is follow your heart -- and the cooking directions. So skip the lacy lingerie and tie on an apron instead. Then follow these seven simmering secrets of seduction. They're sure to raise the temperature in your kitchen ... and bedroom.

1. Choose your menu carefully. Don't wait until the last minute to think about your special Valentine's Day meal. Take some time to plan what you would like to prepare. Consider the following: What does your valentine like to eat? Is he a vegetarian? Does he have any allergies? (Nothing kills a budding romance faster than a trip to the hospital due to a reaction to shellfish.) You will probably want to steer clear of especially heavy food, which tends to make people feel lethargic; you want to be seducing each other, not slumbering. I know it's not sexy to mention, but definitely avoid using too much salt or spices that will cause bloating and gas.

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